UNetbootin installs failing on Lenovo Ideacentre Q180
I have a freshly unboxed Lenovo Ideacentre Q180, it ships with FreeDos so I'm trying to install Linux (XBMCbuntu ideally, but any distro will do for now).
I have used UNetbootin to make a bootable USB pen (I've tried it with isos of various distros, including a 32-bit Win7 iso) but when I boot from USB the machine goes straight from BIOS to hanging with a blinking cursor on an otherwise blank screen, or with occasional flashes of a mouse pointer, depending on the iso used.
I've installed Linux from a USB pen dozens of times with various distros on to various hardware.
The machine I'm using is easily capable of running linux:
- Intel Atom D2700 2.13GHz Processor
- 4GB RAM
- 500GB HDD
- AMD Radeon 6450 Video card
- No optical drive
Looking at the BIOS settings, nothing seems clearly wrong, I've tried various boot order settings, and hitting F12 on boot allows me to choose my USB key specifically. The SATA HDD section only has the options of 'IDE Mode' or 'Disabled', I've tried both settings.
So, what else could I check? Or which approach could I take to get more info about the problem?
Confession: I've posted this same question on SuperUser. Sorry if this is unacceptable. You know how it is when your delivery finally arrives and you can't use it!